TITLE

Brazil, A Nation of the Present: A Reply to Petras

AUTHOR(S)
Gacek, Stanley
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
Social Policy;Fall2004, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p5
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article responds to an essay by James Petras published in the Volume 34, Number 4 issue of Social Policy which critically analyzes the first two years of the administration of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. According to the present author, some of Petras' assaults on Lula's social, labor, environmental, economic and foreign policies are in error. The present author rejects the view that Lula's successful efforts vis-a-vis international financial markets and institutions means that his administration has endorsed every evil of the Washington Consensus. And notwithstanding the conventional wisdom that Lula allegedly continues the policies of former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the current administration represents a substantial break from the neo-liberalism of the Cardoso years in three distinct ways: first, a definite ideological commitment to the state assuming an active role in developing an industrial and economic policy for the Brazilian public interest; second, a far more active foreign and trade policy in distinct opposition to the undisputed hegemony of the North and its multinational interests; and third an unprecedented democratic inclusion of the most representative institutions of Brazilian civil society in the formulation of more socially just public policies and initiatives.
ACCESSION #
16196345

 

Related Articles

  • ABSTRACTS.  // Revista CIDOB d'Afers Internacionals;may/jun2004, Issue 65, p153 

    The article presents abstracts on topics regarding Brazilian politics which include the Lula government's economic policy, democratic development in Brazil, and the challenges facing the Lula government's foreign policy.

  • Lula's Way. Padgett, Tim; Downie, Andrew // Time;10/6/2008, Vol. 172 Issue 14, p50 

    This article discusses Luiz Inácio Lulu da Silva, president of Brazil. Brief biographical information is offered. Lulu's popularity as president and his philosophy on economics is addressed. His aim to obtain a seat on the U.N. Security Council is discussed as well as his success with...

  • Lula's Neo-Liberal Regime: A Reply to Gacek. Petras, James // Social Policy;Fall2004, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p13 

    This article responds to comments made by Stanley Gacek on an essay by the present author published in the Volume 34, Number 4 issue of Social Policy which critically analyzes the first two years of the administration of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. The present author begins by...

  • Brazil and the Economic, Political, and Environmental Multilateralism: the Lula years (2003-2010). G. FAGUN DES VISENTINI, PAULO; LUIZ REIS DA SILVA, ANDRÉ // Revista Brasileira de Política Internacional;jul2010 supplement, Vol. 53, p54 

    This article discusses Brazil's multilateral policy under Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's administration, highlighting economic, political and environmental themes. The main argument is that Brazil's multilateral relations during this government reached a new significance with the reinforcement...

  • From "realism or isolation" to a "Bolivarian diplomacy": Brazilian foreign policy in O Estado de S. Paulo during Lula da Silva's first rule. Alejandro Goldstein, Ariel // Reflexión Politica;2013, Vol. 15 Issue 30, p6 

    The aim of this work is to comprehend the ideological variations of the newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo regarding the Brazilian foreign politics during Lula's first rule (2003-2006). By analysing their editorials during three critical periods -the Retirement System Reform, the "mensalão" and...

  • THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR EDITION.  // Newsweek (Atlantic Edition);4/11/2005 (Atlantic Edition), Vol. 145 Issue 15, p4 

    Reports on the status of events in different countries. Abandonment of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva by his allies; Warming relations between the U.S. and India, which may lead China to settle border disputes with India in jealousy; Backing of Mexico President Vicente Fox Quesada...

  • THAT'S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR EDITION.  // Newsweek (Pacific Edition);4/11/2005 (Pacific Edition), Vol. 145 Issue 15, p4 

    Reports on the status of events in different countries. Abandonment of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva by his allies; Warming relations between the U.S. and India, which may lead China to settle border disputes with India in jealousy; Backing of Mexico President Vicente Fox Quesada...

  • A CLAMOR FOR CONTINUITY IN BRAZIL. Margolis, Mac // Newsweek;7/26/2010, Vol. 156 Issue 4, p7 

    The article discusses how the 2010 presidential election in Brazil reflects changes in Latin American politics. The author comments on the public perceptions of presidential candidates Dilma Rousseff and José Serra and notes how Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's economic...

  • LULA WIN RAISES HOPES IN BRAZIL. Rocha, Jan // NACLA Report on the Americas;Nov/Dec2002, Vol. 36 Issue 3, p9 

    Explains the significance of the election of Luis Inacio Lula de Silva as president of Brazil in 2002. Popularity of Lula among Brazilians; Political agenda of Lula; Overview of the political condition in Brazil; Implications of Lula's victory for Latin America.

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics